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SC Artisans & Mechanics Database 1750-1866

SC Artisans & Mechanics Database 1750-1866

Posted: 28 Feb 2009 10:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
This 28 year project was created to collect data on individuals who worked in SC between 1750-1866. Of particular interest are artisans who served as a; carpenter, mechanic, stone or brick mason/cutter, plasterer, brick maker, blacksmith, hewer, joiner, staircase builder, or those who built doors, windows, and mantles. As of 2009, over 13,000 persons and companies are listed in the collection. Abbeville, SC was a highly influential and wealthy county during the period. I know that there are architectural examples remaining and data of importance that would be useful in documenting artisans from Abbeville and surrounding areas. The database collects basic facts; names, dates, locations, birth/death dates, examples of their work, etc. Census data has already been posted but additions/corrections are welcome as are your questions. If you know of someone in your circle that may also have this type of data, please share. Respectfully, W.B. Fairey, Administrator

Re: SC Artisans & Mechanics Database 1750-1866

Posted: 1 Mar 2009 4:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Simpkins Calhoun
Is this online somewhere for searching? Stopping at 1866 would mean that any enslaved artisans in 1860 or earlier would not have been viewed on the censuses. For example, my great-grandfather, Edmond Simpkins (b. ca 1838 SC) was listed as a blacksmith and a farmer on the 1880 census. He had been enslaved under James Edward Calhoun on the Millwood Plantation in Calhoun Falls, Abbeville Co, SC. Sonia

Re: SC Artisans & Mechanics Database 1750-1866

Posted: 2 Mar 2009 4:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Due to extensive changes in building practices, I determined years ago, that 1866, is a viable stopping point. However, I am always delighted to add data of the type you just provided. In cases where I have found slaves having provided work, I do list them and skills they provided. There were large numbers of freedmon in the region who also contributed significantly.I plan to make a trip to the Avery Institute in Charleston, to further my research on former slave artisans. Do you have other information to share? I would like to have birth and death dates, etc.

I look forward to hearing from you, soon!

Respectfully,

Wade Fairey

Re: SC Artisans & Mechanics Database 1750-1866

Posted: 2 Mar 2009 4:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
How can we access this database?

Re: SC Artisans & Mechanics Database 1750-1866

Posted: 2 Mar 2009 4:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
It will be several years prior to doing so. At this time there is approximately a decade of additional research needed. I will be happy to try and answer any brief questions.

Respectfully,

WBF

Re: SC Artisans & Mechanics Database 1750-1866

Posted: 2 Mar 2009 11:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
I wish to remind you that I am highly desirous of any information on your great-great grandfather's date of death and if their are items reamaining that he created? Did he do decorative work or the routine farm needs of the plantation?

I hope to hear from you soon.

Respectfully,

Wade Fairey

Re: SC Artisans & Mechanics Database 1750-1866

Posted: 3 Mar 2009 2:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: O'Leary
Wade,
i may of missed something, where do I submit info?
My Jerimiah O'leary- b. 11 Jan. 1801 d. 22 Apirl 1850 (dropsy) was a Stonemason

State of South Carolina Petition of Jerry O'leary petioner York District, was born in Ireland, the County of Cork and did arrive Norfolk in the State of Virginia in 1821. Hath resided in the US eversince within the Jurisdicion of this state for the past 2 yrs and is now 25 yrs of age and intention to become citizen 23 Oct. 1824

Jeremiah, being a stonemason, may have worked with a famous architect here in SC by the name of Robert Leckie. Seems that early Irish immigrants, being stonemasons, helped build the Lancaster County Courthouse (built 1825) and other now historic structures in Chester, York, and Lancaster County. This historian seems to think that the Dept. Of Archives has a pay roster from that time period for some of those jobs

Karenq

Re: SC Artisans & Mechanics Database 1750-1866

Posted: 3 Mar 2009 7:50PM GMT
Classification: Query
Mr. O'Leary was one of the first artisans to be included in the database. His birth and death dates have been recorded but the additional data is simply fantastic. It will be included in his file and availalbe for anyone looking for him. As I have previously stated, the SC Artisans & Mechanics Database should be open within about five years. This entry will be highly useful.

Are you a kinsman?

WBF

Re: SC Artisans & Mechanics Database 1750-1866

Posted: 3 Mar 2009 8:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
It appears that you did not receive my reply so I will say once again, thanks! Mr O'Leary was one of the very first entries into the database and I have copied your data and added it also. I would like to know any additional information about him when you have an opportunity. He was living in York County in 1835 but I really don't know what work he was performing.

Respectfully,

Wade

Re: SC Artisans & Mechanics Database 1750-1866

Posted: 3 Mar 2009 8:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: O'leary
yes, he was my gg-grandfather,
last Nov. I went to to the McElvey Historical Center in York, in the 1950s a gentlman collected all of the histories there - they are in about 6 linear feet of binders.
I have more info. I can share, not nec about their occupations.
thx.
Kq
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